L'Empereur Quincaillerie

This Marseille based hardware store drives me crazy. You can expect hardware oldies with a better design, surprising delicacies and some seriously handy items you forgot you needed. Check out the small blackboard made in Japan since 1937, that comes with dust free chalk made from scallop shell.


ASSA Shiatsu

Assa offers genuine shiatsu massages in Paris. Everything about the place (smell, light, music, service) is similar to what can be expected from a Japanese spa.


Haford Grange Paperweights

I love paperweights and bought just about all their botanical selection. 
"Haford Grange has been producing paperweights for over 30 years. Situated in the middle of in the Margam Forest, high in the mountains overlooking the Swansea in South Wales, Haford Grange used to be the summer grazing area for stock kept by the Cisterian monks of the now ruined Margam Abbey."



Painting: Anton Stankowski


Fall in Paris

Photography: Ernst Haas



Data visualization=porn for nerds. Like me.
Check out Information is Beautiful or Data Visualization in the links.

The charts above are from Popular Science Magazine - here is the explanation:

Jer Thorp, Data Artist in Residence at the New York Times and creative coder extraordinaire, explains the process behind his latest piece for Popular Science in a recent article. The task at hand was to visually represent the complete archive of their publication. The final piece is anchored by a kind of molecular chain – decade clusters in turn contain year clusters. Every atom in these year clusters is a single issue of the magazine, and is shaded with colours extracted from the issue covers via a colour clustering routine. The size of the issue-atoms is determined by the number of words in each issue.


Parsley roots

Speaking of foods, my friend Akiko brought me these parsley roots she bought on a (very good) Paris market, I had never heard of such things - very exotic in an urban environment!


Alix's blog

Alix's blog is getting better and better - sharper, purer - She has a great eye for the simplest things of life, however important they may be. I hope leaving Frisco for Paris soon won't make her loose that light..


La Bandita

La Bandita in Tuscany - if PF starts having more readers, I'll have to remove this link!!


J'ai ce que j'ai donné (II)

Illustration: Lioness, de Greg Eason


Language to be looked out and/or Things to be read


Have fun!!

Mr Mudd and Mr Gold

Sounds like two native Americans sitting together, but nope...almost as good.
They claim to be sell "Heritage brands with a long tradition of turning out quality products, catering to discerning customers".
Shown here are Pendleton Blankets, the traditional Japanese game bags from Brady Bags, SOC Varsity sweater, Quoddy Grizzly Boots (in peanut), and Ebbets Fielf wool cap.


Olympia Le-Tan's world

A Picky Freak with great taste and talent and more importantly her own universe. I love her blog, the well-named Olympia Press.


Smythson Bespoke Stationery

Just received my calling cards, sounds so Edith Wharton!


Grzegorz Przyborek




Ruskovilla makes the real-deal, traditional, blunt, unbleached, untreated, unadorned, organic wool and or silk baby clothes for cold winters. Made in Finland. Look out the baby rompers and sleeping bags.


Things Organized Neatly

Porn for picky nerds.




I bought the most amazing black canvas bag in NYC last year - great cotton, so simple, so sturdy, perfect feel, perfect size, no label or brand whatsoever, it was instantly a great classic that I would take everywhere - and it cost something like 30$ !
Since there were no labels, I didn't know where it originated from, and had to send a spy in the shop to scout the info for me during his recent NYC trip- and he successfully found the precious info : Rothco military bags!
The website is not very welcoming, its basically a military surplus provider, but damn, the bags are very nice, including the Air Force crew bag and the duffle bags, mine is the "parachute cargo bag"...